CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Police say a West Virginia man who pointed a realistic-looking airsoft gun at a police officer has been charged with threatening a terroristic act.
The Charleston Police Department says Charles Norman Miller was arrested Thursday after officers received a report of an armed man outside a house in the city’s West Side. A police spokeswoman says a nearby elementary school was put on lockdown as a precaution.
Authorities say the 31-year-old quickly dropped the weapon after aiming it at an officer who arrived in a squad car. Police determined Miller was holding an airsoft gun without an orange safety tip or any other features that would make clear it wasn’t a real firearm.
Miller has been jailed. He doesn’t have a lawyer yet.